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RenEnergy and NCFC solar panel partnership featured in EDP

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Our solar installation for Norwich City FC’s training ground is featured in local news publication, the Eastern Daily Press.

The EDP has published an article on our recent solar roof installation at NCFC’s Lotus Training Centre. The work was completed as part of a £5m fan-funded redevelopment of the club’s training facilities.

Journalist, Caroline Culot, provided a great write-up of the project, as well as our new partnership with Norwich City FC. We’re sponsoring the team for the 2019/20 season as they take on the Premier League: read more about it here.

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Our solar carport for Aviva Norwich featured in Parking News

RenEnergy’s solar carport at Aviva Horizon, Norwich is featured in the September issue of Parking News.

Parking News is the monthly publication for the British Parking Association: the trade body for the parking and traffic management profession. Back in July, we invited Sarah Juggins, journalist for Parking News, along to our open day at Aviva Horizon.

Turn to page 20 of the online publication to see Sarah’s write up of our Aviva solar carport project.

RenEnergy featured in Parking News

RenEnergy’s NCFC project featured in Solar Power Portal

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Thanks to Solar Power Portal for publishing an article about our recent installation at partnership with Norwich City Football Club.

We installed a double roof array at the club’s Lotus Training Centre as part of a £5m redevelopment.

Completing the installation as part of the ongoing work at Colney Lane minimised disruption at the site. The installation helps offset the unavoidable energy usage and C02 emissions associated with running a football club.

Ben Kensell, COO at Norwich City, added: “We are delighted to welcome on board RenEnergy. They have been able to offer us a renewable and long-lasting solution to our energy consumption at the Lotus Training Centre which falls directly in-line with the aim of lowering our carbon footprint.”

You can read the full article over on Solar Power Portal.

 

RenEnergy & partner Q-Cells featured in PV Europe

PV Europe has published an article about on our recent partnership project with Q-Cells. We completed a largest solar array at Natures Menu: the largest pet food manufacturer in Europe.

You can read the full article on the PV Europe website. 

Here’s a short excerpt from the article…

“The 522.6k kW array was constructed at the main production facility of Natures Menu, a British producer of high-quality pet food. This solar system is the largest in Europe to be built using Q CELLS’ Q.FLAT-G5, and generates solar electricity using 1,608 Q.PEAK DUO-G5 modules.

Allied to a growing appetite nationwide for clean, renewable energy and greater energy independence is the simple fact that solar PV components are becoming more and more affordable by the day. The pet food production facility of Natures Menu will self-consume the solar electricity generated by the 522 kW array.

Developer RenEnergy finished construction of the rooftop array in July 2019. By utilizing the Q.FLAT-G5 mounting system, RenEnergy was able to streamline the installation process thanks to the Q.FLAT’s innovative design. The Q.FLAT-G5 has been proven to deliver a power density of 170 W/m².”

Solar + Power Management features RenEnergy and Q-Cells partnership

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Solar trade publication, Solar + Power Management, has profiled RenEnergy and Q-Cells recent solar installation at Natures Menu. This is the largest flat roof installation in Europe using Q-Cells’ mounting system.

You can read the full article online on the Solar + Power Management website.

Here’s just a taste of the piece…

“Damian Baker, Managing Director from RenEnergy, said: “We were delighted to once again partner with Q CELLS on the construction of the 522.6 kWp rooftop PV project for Natures Menu. We believe this installation is yet another encouraging example of UK businesses investing in green electricity, and taking control of their energy spend. By self-consuming the solar electricity onsite, and by using top-quality and competitively priced Q CELLS components, Natures Menu will enjoy an exceptional return on income right from the get-go.”

Sean Collier, Head of UK Sales for Q CELLS, added: “It is a pleasure to have supplied the Q.FLAT-G5 mounting system and Q.PEAK DUO-G5 modules to this project by RenEnergy. The UK solar market may not grab the headlines for record-breaking levels of solar installation like it used to, but in many ways we are even more encouraged by the way the market has evolved: it has become a sustainable growth industry packed with plenty of opportunities for a company like Q CELLS. The social capital of solar grows daily in the UK, and as the economics begin to make more and more sense, we expect solar to play an increasingly central role in the nation’s electricity sector over the coming decades.”

The UK’s solar sector is enjoying a more stable year in 2019 after having contracted in 2018, when new installations reached just 286 MW for the year (according to SolarPower Europe). Over the coming four-year period, however, SolarPower Europe expects close to 3 GW of additional capacity additions in the UK. This would represent sustained healthy growth for the market, and continued opportunities for Q CELLS, which was ranked as the UK market leader in 2018 according to EuPD Research’s Global PV InstallerMonitor 2018/2019 Survey.”

RenEnergy partners with NCFC for 2019-20 Premier League Season

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Following a solar installation at Norwich City FC’s training ground, we’ve furthered our support for the club by partnering with them for the 2019-20 season.

Earlier this year, we installed two solar PV systems on the roofs of the newly-built gym and academy at the Lotus Training Centre. This was part of the club’s £5m redevelopment of the training facilities.

While these new facilities are essential for the development of the club and the players, they add additional demand to an already energy-intensive site. Our solar panel installation allows the club to save money on their energy spend by generating their own clean, low carbon electricity.

The PV installation…

  • Uses 192 solar panels over the two roofs
  • Generates 57,596 kWh of energy every year – that’s enough to keep four floodlights lit for 174.5 games of football [1]
  • Saves 25,658 kg of C02 every year by generating clean energy [2]

 

Tom Lloyd with Ben Kensell

Our Sales Director, Tom Lloyd, with NCFC’s COO, Ben Kensell

Ben Kensell, Chief Operating Officer at Norwich City FC, said:

“We are delighted to welcome on board RenEnergy. They have been able to offer us a renewable and long-lasting solution to our energy consumption at the Lotus Training Centre which falls directly in-line with the aim of lowering our carbon footprint.”

RenEnergy is thrilled to be supporting Norwich City through their time in the Premier League, and we wish them the best of luck for the rest of the season.

You can read the full press release on the Norwich City website.

 

[1] The exact performance of solar panels is difficult to predict, due to the variability in the amount of solar radiation (sunlight) from location to location and from year to year. These figures are based on Microgeneration Certification Standard (MCS) procedure and assume perfect conditions. These figures assume the use of four standard 55kW floodlights.

[2] Using an MCS approved carbon factor of 0.53.

RenEnergy & Q-Cells featured in Smart Solar

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Smart Solar has profiled RenEnergy and Q-Cells’ recent solar installation at Natures Menu: the largest pet food manufacturer in Europe.

You can read the full piece online here.

Here’s a taste of the article from Smart Solar…

“British renewable energy developer RenEnergy has built Europe’s largest flat rooftop solar installation to use Q CELLS’ Q.FLAT-G5 mounting system – a 522 kWp array at the site of quality pet food manufacturer Natures Menu in Norfolk. The array will also utilize 1,608 Q.PEAK DUO-G5 modules.

Q CELLS, solar cell and module manufacturer, supplied its award-winning Q.FLAT-G5 mounting system and Q.PEAK DUO-G5 solar modules to British clean energy developer RenEnergy for a commercial rooftop in Norfolk, UK.

The 522.6kWp array was constructed at the main production facility of Natures Menu, a British producer of high-quality pet food. This solar system is the largest in Europe to be built using Q CELLS’ Q.FLAT-G5, and generates solar electricity using 1,608 Q.PEAK DUO-G5 modules.

Allied to a growing appetite nationwide for clean, renewable energy and greater energy independence is the simple fact that solar PV components are becoming more and more affordable by the day. The pet food production facility of Natures Menu will self-consume the solar electricity generated by the 522 kWp array.”

RenEnergy’s first solar carport project featured in the EDP

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We spoke to the EDP about our solar carport for Aviva’s Horizon building

RenEnergy’s first solar carport project has gained media exposure in local newspaper, the Eastern Daily Press.

We spoke to EDP journalist, Caroline Culot, ahead of our open day at the Aviva Horizon Building in July. Her short piece covers the scope of our solar carport project, and why generating sustainable energy on-site was important to Aviva.

Screenshot of RenEnergy's solar carport at Aviva featured in EDP newspaper

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Across the course of a year, this system will provide more than 32pc of the site’s total energy demand, representing a carbon offset saving of 166.5 tonnes per year, and a major contribution towards Aviva’s efforts to tackle climate change.

In 2006 Aviva became the first carbon neutral international insurer, and is working towards a 70pc reduction in operational CO2 emissions across the whole company by 2030.

Stuart Wright, property and facilities manager at Aviva said:

‘The solar carport is a really innovative way to generate green energy, tackle climate change and reduce our environmental impact. It’s a fantastic design that delivers on the environmental benefits without impacting on space.’”

Thanks to EDP for the write-up, and to Aviva for collaborating with us on the open day event.

 

RenEnergy shortlisted for Solar & Storage Live Awards 2019

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We’re pleased to announce that RenEnergy has been shortlisted for Solar Power Portal’s 2019 Solar & Storage Live Awards! Our solar carport project for Aviva is up for Commercial Project of the Year Award.

Covering 250 parking spaces at their Horizon building in Norwich, Aviva’s solar carport will generate 542,000 kWh of electricity per year. That’s enough to power 138 homes. The installation saves 166.5 tonnes of CO2, and allows the building to be 100% off-grid and during peak hours. Aviva is committed to staff happiness, so it was essential we completed the 13 -week project with minimal disruption. Aviva became a carbon neutral insurer in 2006, and the carport is a further example to the firm’s environmental corporate responsibility. Click here to read our Aviva case study in full.

The solar carport we installed for Aviva is one of the largest in the UK, and this shortlisting is a testament to the hard work our team put in to execute this project.

We wish the best of luck to all firms shortlisted in the Solar & Storage Live Awards. We’ll see you at the awards ceremony in September!

RenEnergy wins Cranfield University Solar PV contract

RenEnergy has been awarded the design and build contract for a 1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) array at Cranfield University, Bedfordshire.

The project will be fully funded by the University, without any government support through the ROOFIT scheme, making this one of the first and largest subsidy-free renewable energy schemes in the country.

Damian Baker, RenEnergy MD said: ‘We are delighted to have been appointed as the solar PV contractor for such a prestigious institution. The University’s reputation for world class engineering and project management education aligns perfectly with our own values for the deployment of high-quality renewable energy solutions.’

The ground-mounted array will be situated at Cranfield Airfield, adjacent to the University’s main campus, feeding the generated energy directly into the sites 11 kV network via private wire.

Solar PV will contribute over 5% of the sites annual energy demand, not only furthering the carbon saving efforts at the University, but also providing a key renewable energy research facility for the students.

Feargal Brennan, Cranfield’s Director of Energy and Power, said: ‘Cranfield has a reputation for providing students with the opportunity to use industrial-scale facilities for education and training support. The solar farm will not only provide a new facility which can be used by students but also a sustainable, reliable and affordable energy supply to the campus.’

Key suppliers:

  • PV Modules: Hanwha Q-Cell – QPLUS 285w
  • Inverters: Fronius ECO & Symo string inverters
  • Ground mounting frame: Hi-Span
  • Transformer: Wilson

The 3,508 solar panel installation will cover an area of two hectares to the east of the main runway, and generate approximately 1,000 MWh of energy per year, sufficient to power 300 homes.

Damian Baker said: ‘We are all facing energy challenges as we try to balance the demands of growth and sustainability. Solar integrates well into existing infrastructure to provide a clean, cost-effective, long-term power solution, as is the case at Cranfield, where our solar array will interact with the combined heat and power (CHP) plant onsite to provide energy without exporting to the grid.’

Integration with the existing energy infrastructure was a key engineering consideration at the tender stage, further complicated by an export limit of 0 kW imposed by the DNO. Fortunately, RenEnergy were able to call upon extensive experience of similar projects to design a viable and cost effective solution.

Gareth Ellis, Energy & Environment Manager said: ‘The University is committed to renewable energy and the installation of the PV panels will improve our carbon footprint. Cranfield already has a CHP on site producing 60% of their electricity. We have made significant reductions in carbon emissions in recent years and are well on our way to achieving our target of a 50% reduction by 2020 against our 2005 figures.’

If you would like more information about this project, or how to save money and decarbonise your own business, please contact Tom Lloyd on +44 (0) 1603 71 3448 | +44 (0) 7766 18 1810 | tlloyd@renenergy.co.uk

How to spot fraudulent activity

In September we posted an article titled “A new scam taking place”. It highlighted that companies were phoning PV system owners to sell products and services to stop their system catching on fire.  We wanted to make sure that our customers knew this was incorrect.

Since then, companies have become more imaginative and have created other stories and scenarios to get you to buy their “service or product”. Examples of this are inefficient inverters, inverter health checks, panel failure and potentially many more. We at RenEnergy do not want you to pay out money to these companies to not receive the service you pay for and do not need.

We have put together some tips to spot if the company is fraudulent:

  1. Has the company contacted you? Always think why and how a company has your details? We never hand out customer details out to third parties so if a company says that they have received your details from us then always be suspicious.
  2. How does the company know about your system? If they are talking about an inverter issue how do they know what your inverter is reading? Often they are placed in a loft or out of sight place and would only be read remotely by yourself or your installer.
  3. Do you recognise the company name? Ask for their name and details and do a Google search. Often the companies we have seen are registered with the government’s Company House data base, but there is no website and the details are very vague. Any scam reporting may be highlighted too.
  4. Have the Energy Savings Trust heard of the company? If you are still unsure call them and see if they recognise the company. They will often give a number of a local reputable company you can call.
  5. What do the installers of your system say? Always phone the installers of your system, or they are no longer operating you can call us, to ask if we can give anymore information. With years of experience we will know if the enquiry is correct or if we think it is a scam.

Always stay aware and don’t agree to pay for any product or service that you are unsure about. It never hurts to get a second opinion even if it is genuine.

If you are unsure and would like to talk to us we can be contacted on 01603 713448 or info@renenergy.co.uk

Lastly, if you still want your system to be checked over give us a call and we can give you more information, and whilst we are out there explain how your system works.

Is subsidy free solar viable?

The government definitely thinks so. How about industry experts? Again, many believe it is.

Abid Kazim, the MD of NextEnergy Solar Fund, is passionate that solar can indeed be subsidy free, if, as he pointed out in the opening session of yesterday’s Solar Finance and Investment Europe event, the government “get out the way”.

Kazim starts off with saying how the solar industry has changed and that it had “entered a period of enlightenment”.  Down playing the cost of panel prices, development costs or finance being the main barriers of deployment but instead went on to say that counterproductive policies and regulation red tape were the largest issues. He issued six required changes that would need to enacted if the UK were to let subsidy free solar thrive:

  • A reshaping of the regulatory framework to reflect how low carbon technologies are approaching grid parity;
  • The abolishment of Contracts for Difference;
  • The establishment of long-term PPAs so that carbon intensive and low carbon technologies can compete on a level playing field;
  • The re-categorisation of batteries as energy storage;
  • Introduction of a regulatory framework to manage the pace and cost associated with a shift to a totally self-regulated decentralised energy system, and;
  • A carbon pricing model within a ‘polluter pays’ framework where the levies of energy supply companies are not passed onto consumers.

Kazim also said that in order to keep the energy market fair there must be a carbon price paid by the utility companies that is not passed onto the consumer.

Today is the last day of the Solar Finance and Investment Europe. We look forward to seeing what The Solar Power Portal have to report and how many other experts share this opinion.